Welcome to Blogging 2012

by derek on January 1, 2012 · 30 comments

Happy New Year 2012

Welcome to Blogging 2012.

The first rule of Blogging 2012 is: you do not talk about Blogging 2012.
The second rule of Blogging 2012 is: you DO NOT talk about Blogging 2012!

All joking aside, let me welcome you to 2012 and wish you and yours a truly happy and prosperous year ahead!

Now, based on what I want to share with you today, a more appropriate title might have been Welcome to Blogging 1999. But seeing as I don’t have a time machine, I simply need to acknowledge my mistakes and move forward from the present day.

Mistakes? What mistakes?

What is one of the mantras that just about every blogger has heard 4,357,892 times yet probably at least 50% of them hasn’t followed through on to this day?

Building a list.

Build a list, build a list, build a list.

Every blogger has heard it.

Every blogger knows that they need to do it.

But…

How many of them do?

Hanging my head in shame

I started blogging back in 2006 and have a dozen or more blogs that I’ve created since that time. Up until recently, not a single one of them included a list. Not a single one.

Shame on me.

That doesn’t mean that I haven’t understood the importance of building a list. It is just that I’ve never actually followed through and built the damn list. Well, as part of rediscovering my focus with this blog and working on building relationships that is about to change.

If you take a look over at the top of the sidebar to the right, you will see the new signup form to join my list and connect with me.

Where’s the freebie?

Take a look around the Interweb and you’ll see that a lot of sites offer a cool freebie as a thank you for joining their list. To be honest, that is one of the things that has held me back from creating a list for so long.

I don’t know what to offer as a freebie.

Sure, I could slap some rubbish into a PDF and call it a free guide–which is what far too many people do from what I have seen. Or I could grab some free public domain content to regurgitate to you as my “super special bonus report”.

But that would go as well as a turd in the punch bowl.

At the end of the day, I want you to join my list because you’re interested in the content that I share here and you want to stay connected to the community.

Hopefully you enjoy the quality of the content here, and know that I will be sharing some of that content only with my list and not here on the blog. So I don’t have a freebie to send you right away for signing up to my list, but if you like what you see here I ask that you go ahead and sign up!

Have you started your list?

Don’t worry, I’m happy to help answer any questions as I’ve done a handful now. By the way, I use and highly recommend Aweber but there are other options too. The important thing is to get started, it’s never too late.

Remember, do not talk about Blogging 2012!

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